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Adam Gotsis talks camp life: ‘You’ve got to find that next gear’

  • 11:11 am Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

A veteran now of three preseason camps, Georgia Tech defensive tackle Adam Gotsis lent some insight into the grind that is the Yellow Jackets’ training in advance of the season. Mostly, he says, it’s a mental exercise to push past the toll that daily full-pads practice takes on the body.

Q: How is camp going?

A: It’s still physical. We’re still going, still going strong, like, banging but a lot of it’s just becoming mental. It’s guys, their bodies are tired, they’re thinking about how sore they are rather than what they need to do. I mean, we’re all guilty of that [More]

Farmer hangs in in major league debut

  • 9:07 am Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

In his first major-league appearance, Buck Farmer didn’t have quite the Hollywood finish, but it wasn’t bad.

After getting called up from the Detroit Tigers’ double-A farm team to make an emergency appearance with the big club Wednesday night, the former Georgia Tech ace pitched five innings but did not receive a decision in the Tigers’ 8-4 win over Pittsburgh before a sellout crowd at Detroit’s Comerica Park.

“My childhood dream became real tonight,” Farmer told following the game.

Farmer did not allow the Pirates a hit in his first trip through the lineup but then gave up five hits and [More]

9 notes about the Tech offensive line

  • 2:51 pm Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

A wealth of notes from an interview earlier this week with Georgia Tech offensive line coach Mike Sewak.

1. In the first scrimmage, the linemen put 42 defenders to the ground out of 72 attempts. The scrimmage lasted roughly 100 plays. Said Sewak, “The ratio wasn’t good, but it wasn’t bad.” (Tech students, of course, know all about ratios that aren’t very good.)

2. It wasn’t good enough from the perspective that a number of ball carriers were run down from behind by defenders who could have been blocked on the backside of plays. “Obviously, gotta continue to make sure that’s not [More]

Buck Farmer called up to majors

  • 3:37 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

The Detroit Tigers, in the thick of a division race but in need of an emergency starter, have turned to former Georgia Tech ace Buck Farmer. The three-time All-ACC pitcher and recent call-up to Detroit’s Double-A team will make his major-league debut Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park.

Farmer was drafted in the fifth round last year by Detroit, spent 2013 with the Tigers’ rookie-league team before making the jump to A ball this year. He was 10-5 for single-A West Michigan in the Midwest League with a 2.60 ERA and a WHIP of 1.109. He was called [More]

Mason named to preseason All-America team

  • 2:50 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

This will fall in the category of “other things that happened to Georgia Tech guard Shaquille Mason in the last few days.” The All-ACC guard was named to the second team of’s preseason All-America team. The honor arrives five days after Mason became a first-time father. He and his girlfriend Sabrina Gonzalez welcomed Kamrie Maleah Mason to the family Aug. 7.

The honor presumably compensates for Mason being left off the preseason All-ACC team, despite being named to the media’s All-ACC first team last year. Tech will face eight of the players on the 30-member team.

First team

Running back Todd [More]

Johnson explains Days’ B-back tryout

  • 2:27 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Coach Paul Johnson offered explanation Monday about his decision to try A-back Synjyn Days at B-back. Days, who came to Tech from Hillgrove High as a quarterback and switched to A-back as a sophomore, took snaps in Saturday’s scrimmage at B-back, a day after Johnson approached him about testing it out.

Johnson said he had been thinking about it for a long time and was prompted by an injury to B-back C.J. Leggett. The freshman had been receiving a lot of snaps there in camp before an injury last week. (Johnson said he didn’t know when Leggett would return.)

“We needed somebody [More]

Schniederjans at end of stunning summer

  • 9:41 am Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech golfer Ollie Schniederjans will need to make a move Tuesday morning at the U.S. Amateur championship to advance to the 64-player match play field and keep alive his hopes of earning the national championship.

Schniederjans, one of four players in the field with Tech ties at the tournament at the Atlanta Athletic Club, ended the first day tied for 105th out of the 312-player field at 2-over 73, two shots back of the cut line.

Bo Andrews, who finished his Tech career in June, led the contingent with a 1-under 71, good for a tie for 24th place.

For Schniederjans, on [More]

3 quick notes from Tech practice

  • 4:44 pm Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

There’s more to come, but a few quick notes from interviews from Georgia Tech’s post-practice media availability Monday morning.

1. A-back Tony Zenon continues to have a strong preseason. He certainly has the attention of coach Paul Johnson. “Tony’s had a real good camp,” he said. “I think that he’s got the offense down and now he can use his quickness and speed. He’s playing fast and he’s had a really good camp.”

2. Using special-teams coordinator Ray Rychleski to help out with the offensive line is working out well. A common way the line drills is for players to split up [More]

New Tech depth chart released

  • 3:55 pm Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech released its updated depth chart after 10 days of preseason camp. The list and a few observations below.


Justin Thomas

Tim Byerly

Zach Laskey

Matt Connors

Charles Perkins

Synjyn Days

B.J. Bostic

Tony Zenon

Deon Hill

Micheal Summers

Brandon Oliver

DeAndre Smelter

Corey Dennis

Bryan Chamberlain

Errin Joe

Trey Braun

Shamire Devine

Freddie Burden

Thomas O’Reilly

Shaquille Mason

Nick Brigham

Chris Griffin

Trey Klock

Kyle Stallard


Tyler Stargel

Tyler Merriweather

Adam Gotsis

Francis Kallon

Shawn Green

Patrick Gamble

KeShun Freeman

Roderick Rook-Chungong

Tyler Marcordes

Tremayne McNair

Quayshawn Nealy

Chase Alford

Paul Davis

Beau Hankins

Chris Milton

Lawrence Austin

Isaiah Johnson or

Demond Smith

Jamal Golden or

Demond Smith

D.J. White

Lance Austin


Harrison Butker

Ryan Rodwell

Sean Tobin

Trevor Stroebel

A few observations on offense: Charles Perkins moved up to the top of the A-back competition. He wasn’t even in the top five on the pre-camp two-deep, but [More]

Tech 1B Murray wins prestigious honor

  • 10:24 am Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

At end of his summer on Cape Cod, Georgia Tech first baseman A.J. Murray collected a rather significant piece of hardware.

Murray, a rising senior, was awarded the 10th Player Award, given to the Cape Cod League player who demonstrates the most dedication on and off the field. In 43 games and 161 at-bats in the most prestigious collegiate wooden bat league in the country, Murray tied for the league lead in home runs (six), was third in RBI (32), tied for second in runs and sixth in on-base percentage (.430, thanks in part to getting hit by pitch a whopping [More]

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